Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has won the competition to design a 323,000-sq.-ft. central library in Ningbo, China, that will house the region’s largest collection of historic and ancient books. The Danish firm proposes an open, accessible layout organized around a marketplace containing the library’s most popular library functions and collections.
“The marketplace is visually open on all sides connecting to a public plaza and a landscaped ecological park and lake, thus ensuring all interior spaces have a direct connection with the outside,” Morten Schmidt, partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen, said in a statement.
A giant book stack featuring reading booths, study desks, and media spaces forms the 92-ft.-tall central atrium, which provides natural light to the building as it connects the ground-floor marketplace with research spaces and historic collections above.
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